Well, I finally cashed in my guts certificates and went out and bought the whole mess:
- An Omega shaving brush (LE 6.25)
- A LORD safety razor, made in Alexandria! (LE 4.35)
- A tube of herbal shaving cream (LE 2.70)
...long story short, I'm happy to say that not only is my face clean-shaven, I have managed to avoid cutting myself! The only real drawback--the shave is not as close as I would like, but the overall effect is pretty good.
It's still probably something I won't be trying first thing in the morning, but I am happy to say that it is definitely how I am going to be keeping my chin hair-free for the forseeable future.